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Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:30 a.m. MDT

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John Marx
Layton, UT

"Why is the show’s only serious religious character a whackadoo murderess?"

Because it's a show about criminals?

American Fork, UT

There really isn't much religious victimhood to be gleaned from this show.

West Valley City, Utah

Any Christian expecting to have a fair portrayal of Christianity from a television show that includes graphic portrayals of lesbian sex and that is full of profanity is always likely to be disappointed.

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

I find it funny how religious people never want others to bring up the negative sides of religion. They only want to talk and focus on the good things that religions do.

There is no doubt that religions have done immense good in the world since there inception. But a lot of very bad things things have been done in the name of religion as well (persecution, most wars, torture, witch trials, etc....). Religious people should not be offended when other people want to talk about the negative side of faith and believing.

Murray, UT

Religion has been and will continue to be peripheral to most people's lives. At the forefront of human behavior is self-interest, tribalism, nationalism, and social hierarchy. Religion only enters the fray as a platform with which to express the above motives. A person who commits a crime, citing religion, is being no more accurate than a person who commits a good deed and likewise cites religion. This is the essence of religious expression: as human societies became more populous, mechanisms to distinguish individuals by levels of trust and accountability arose in order to accomplish that task. What people need to recognize is not how much piety a person is actually showing, but what that slight conveyance of piety suggests about their character and whether that expression is in and of itself justifiable in the larger context of gaining respect, power, money, etc.

The TV show seems to put religion in its proper context; irrelevant with regard to informing oneself about the natural world, but potent in contemporary society toward showing that a person has positive motives and is more honest or moral than a person claiming no religion.

Evansville, IN

I don't know why this is news. I went to watch it, hearing all the great things about it and was offended but the first few minutes and turned it off. I don't believe this should even be watched by Christians regardless of the representation.

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